- Created: Tuesday, 23 February 2016 12:00
- Written by Lorna Reid
Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! no. 90 - October 1989
Fight for the forest. Chico Mendes in his own words, Latin America Bureau, £2.95, 96pp.
At 5.45pm on Thursday 22 December 1988, Chico Mendes was assassinated in the doorway of his home in Xapuri, Acre, north west Brazil.
Chico Mendes was President of the Xapuri Rural Workers Union, member of the National Council of Rubber Tappers, member of the national council of the Trade Union Congress (CUT), an activist in the Workers' Party (PT), and commit-ted to the defence of the Amazonian eco-system. At the time of his death he was 44 and married with two young children. Fight for the forest is the last major inter-view given by Chico Mendes just weeks before his death.